HOURCAR Needs Your Help
We need your help. During our current 31-vehicle expansion, we’d like to locate several new HOURCAR hubs in convenient curbside spots around Minneapolis. After more than two years of discussion, the City of Minneapolis has told us that this will not be an option.
At the same time, Minneapolis is about to sign a contract with car2go, the one-way car rental service of Daimler AG, manufacturer of the Mercedes-Benz and Smart model cars. Car2go will be purchasing access to hundreds of curbside parking spaces throughout Minneapolis to market its shared fleet of 250 Smart cars.
We want fairness, not exclusivity. Please use your voice as a valued HOURCAR member to tell the City to allow multiple car sharing options at curbside hubs. We know that on-street reserved parking for shared vehicles from multiple operators (including car2go) is perfectly successful in cities like Denver, Seattle, Washington D.C., and Toronto. Minneapolis should utilize its right-of-way to maximize benefits to everyone and that means ensuring people have access to as many green and affordable car-sharing options as possible.
There’s no downside. HOURCAR will pay market rate to the City for the parking locations we have requested. HOURCAR’s on-street hubs would be a win for you, a win for the environment, and a win for the City.
Please call, email, tweet or visit with your Minneapolis City Council representative below. Send a note to Mayor Rybak while you’re at it. Tell them you want the option of picking up and dropping off your reserved HOURCAR at convenient on-street locations. Let them know it’s important to you that Minneapolis does not fall behind other cities in its support for sustainable transportation, multimodal options, and the sharing economy.
We’ll keep you posted. Follow the latest on Facebook and on Twitter @hourcar.
Christopher, Megan, Chris, and the rest of the HOURCAR team.
Mayor R.T. Rybak
Find your City Council representative here:
Ward 1 – Kevin Reich
Ward 2 – Cam Gordon
Ward 3 – Diane Hofstede
Ward 4 – Barbara Johnson
Email Web form: http://www.minneapolismn.gov/ward4/contact-ward4
Ward 5 – Don Samuels
Email Web Form: http://www.minneapolismn.gov/ward5/contact-ward5
Ward 6 – Robert Lilligren
Email Web Form: http://www.minneapolismn.gov/ward6/contact-ward6
Ward 7 – Lisa Goodman
Email Web Form: http://www.minneapolismn.gov/ward7/contact-ward7
Ward 8 – Elizabeth Glidden
Email Web Form: http://www.minneapolismn.gov/ward8/contact-ward8
Ward 9 – Gary Schiff
Email Web Form: http://www.minneapolismn.gov/ward9/contact-ward9
Ward 10 – Meg Tuthill
Email Web Form: http://www.minneapolismn.gov/ward10/contact-ward10
Ward 11 – John Quincy
Ward 12 – Sandy Colvin Roy
Ward 13 – Betsy Hodges
Email Web Form: http://www.minneapolismn.gov/ward13/contact-ward13
HOURCAR provides the opportunity for more people to drive cleaner cars and spend less on transportation.”